The first two episodes of Loki sometimes seemed a bit awkward under the weight of the description Owen Wilson and Tom Hiddleston were asked to present how TVA works, what happens in diversity, how this Loki differs from the one that died Infinity War, etc. Last week’s episode, while surprising, was supposed to also fully capture the main story of the season so that we could have a deeper understanding of Sylvie and her relationship with our Loki. So Michael Waldron and the company devoted part of this short period of time to setting up the world, characters, and stakes while less likely to happen, hoping that complete chemistry between these actors (and, at least, attracts productive design) would be enough to keep viewers engaged until they start paying for things.
That kind of deliberate storytelling is a delicate matter. Well done and have something like The Wire, Breaking Bad, or the latest season for For All Mankind: The first chapters seem slow but fun enough, and then when the building starts to move, it all sounds more rewarding because of the time the art team was investing pieces in place. Do it wrong and you have, most of the broadcast time dramas (including many pre-Feige Marvel shows): the delays used to pack the story rather than improve it, and the endgame that makes everyone feel the same under the total number of episodes, there is more.
The ending in general is not a Feige phenomenon, based on the climax of MCU movies and muddy conclusions in WandaVision and Falcon and Wold Soldier. But even if Loki stumbles in his conclusion a few weeks later, we will still have “The Nexus Event,” a happy, painful hour of TV that gave those familiar, reassuring feelings of making everything that came before sound so important as a result.
When “Lamentis” almost exclusively referred to Loki and Sylvie, “Nexus Event” takes us back to the heart of the TVA offices, bringing Mobius, Ravonna and Hunter B-15 to the stage. We go back in time to see that Sylvie was indeed the daughter of the king of Asgard, but was kidnapped at a very young age at the time — Minuteman Ravonna so much that he does not remember it at all. We don’t find out that Sylvie’s first program took down Time-Keepers, but for a while it doesn’t matter, for two reasons. The first is that simply telling people like Mobius and B-15 that they have been kidnapped, the diversity of the brain itself is enough to seriously disrupt the activities of this area. Secondly, Time-Keepers is all ridiculous and fake as Loki suggests when he first appeared on TVA: animatronic Hall of Presidents rejects, or a little fancier version of the Wizard of Oz’s green head. It’s all a lie, and it takes the combined power of the two false gods to prove it that way.
Truly a real hour for Loki and Sylvie, even if they are both sitting on the same rocks in Lamentis, as they wait for the world to hit them real hard. Sylvie fills in the details of her backyard that she only talked about last week, and wonders if the defining feature of any Loki is that they are determined to get lost. This is a bit of a meta note, because Loki’s Marvel genre is made entirely like Thor’s foil, and all the comic book comics are finally there to make the heroes look beautiful. But as Loki himself argues, they may lose, sometimes sadly, “But we don’t die. We survive. ”Yes, the Sacred Timeline iteration that Loki – who thinks we should believe even that any timeline is more important than the others, which seems to be a safer assumption at this stage – was choked to death by Thanas, and vice versa, by TVA. But there will always be Loki – and for now, there is a whole lot, which we will get to soon.